Link of the Week – Take That!

March 26, 2019

More great information from The Art of Manliness. This is awesome for self-defense and, of course, authors looking to get their characters on the winning end of a nasty fight.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/the-best-places-to-hit-an-assailant

 

 


Link of the Week – Epigrams, Words to Live By

March 19, 2019

Words of wisdom have trickled through the centuries. From societal influencers to our own family members, we are given guidance on how to become better people. Axioms and advice ranging from success, failure, money, adversity, opportunity, morality, expectations, happiness, and so much more offer valuable life lessons. All we need to do is listen and heed the principles.

This week’s link is to another pearl of an article by The Art of Manliness presenting some of the best epigrams throughout the ages.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/21-best-epigrams/

 


Link of the Week – Court Sides with Oxford Comma

March 5, 2019

In the debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, I say it is. (And will cut you if you disagree. Ok, not really.)

So what is the fuss about? The Oxford comma is the comma used before the coordinating conjunction “and” or “or” in a list of three or more items. It is a stylistic serial comma.

In a 2017 class action lawsuit involving diary drivers, labor disputes, and the Oxford comma (see what I did there?), a Maine court recently ruled in favor of the comma. Read all about it at The Write Life blog. Yes, this happened a couple of years ago, but it illustrates the comma’s important.

https://thewritelife.com/is-the-oxford-comma-necessary


Link of the Week – Plagiarism

February 26, 2019

So…plagiarism… It sucks on so many levels. Most in Romancelandia are very aware of the latest scandal—an “author” who has lifted whole paragraphs from other authors’ works, had them cobbled together, packaged into her “own” books and put up for sale on Amazon. And of course, once her dirty little secret was exposed, she blamed others and disappeared. Today’s link of the week will get you up to speed in what originally happened and what small ways we can help prevent this from happening.

Where it broke: Courtney Milan

http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2019/02/18/cristiane-serruya-is-a-copyright-infringer-a-plagiarist-and-an-idiot/

Nora Robert’s weigh-in

http://fallintothestory.com/not-a-rant-but-a-promise/

Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Perspective

https://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/so-weve-gotta-talk-about-this-plagiarism-thing/

 

Here is a link to a site that checks for plagiarism and helps prevent theft and fraud. I haven’t used them yet, but I plan to.

https://www.copyscape.com/

 

 

There is also Fakespot, which “will ensure you get the most up to date and relevant information to make your online shopping experience as safe and trustworthy as possible.” This will help in culling out the fake from real products.

https://www.fakespot.com/about

Sad that people continue to profit off of others’ blood, sweat and tears (lots of tears) to make a quick buck.


Link of the Week – Ancient Earth

February 19, 2019

Check this out! An interactive map of the Earth that shows you what it looked like 20 to 750 millions of years ago. It gives information on the state of the Earth and what living things existed in selected time periods. You can even type in your address or location to see what the geographical area looked like as you travel back in time. Pretty cool and nerdy stuff.

http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#0


Link of the Week – Reedsy & ME!

February 12, 2019

Many of you know that I am a freelance editor. I’ve been at it for 6+ years. I have worked with authors at every stage of their careers, including USA Today and NY Times best sellers. I specialize in line and developmental editing. Romance is my passion, especially the subgenres paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, erotic, and suspense. I have been known to work with mystery and sci-fi authors, as well.

Today’s link of the week is my profile with Reedsy. Reedsy is a place which “connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers to create high-quality books”. Boom!

https://reedsy.com/jennifer-bray-weber


Link of the Week – Search Engines and Databases

February 5, 2019

Authors do a TON of research on any given topic. I, myself, will research even the smallest, insignificant detail just to make sure my writing is authentic. I’ve been known to haunt libraries and used bookstores for information. These days it is so much easier to utilize the internet. Scour, really. There are countless rabbit holes to fall down. But sometimes, you want a more refined search.

You may have heard of Google Scholar, a search engine that allows you to search literature.

Here are some other online databases that might be helpful.

  • Google Books Ngrams Viewer – a graph showing how words/phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years.
  • IMDb – Internet Movie Database – movies, television, and video game
  • Encyclopedia Mythica – mythology, folklore, and religion
  • Omniglot – encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems
  • AnC – American National Corpus –
  • Worldcat – a network of library content
  • Encyclopedia Astronautica  –  a reference web site on space travel
  • Acronym Finder – searchable dictionary and database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.
  • AllMusic – music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
  • Animal Diversity Web – database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
  • Web Gallery of Art – virtual art gallery website

Wikipedia offers a list of academic databases and search engines that are ” useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.”